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Linda asks…

What’s the best brand in table saws for a good price?

My guy would like to do some woodworking projects and he mentioned that he needed a table saw to start. I know nothing about tools so I was hoping someone out there could help. Did I mention I’m on a budget?

Denny answers:

Your question is sort of like asking, “I need to get a car. I’m on a budget.”

What are you going to do with it? Are you willing to put up with a lesser featured or lesser quality, or used model, for less money? Are you going to use it to cut some bookcases and then have it sit for a year, or are you going to use it daily?

There are various categories of saws: (at least in USA)
- Portables such as those used by contractors and hauled around to sites
- Contractor : bigger and beefier, but still somewhat portable, though not easily
- Hybrid – features of above and below types
- Cabinet – heavy duty, meant for continuous duty
- Professional – typically very high end large machines that would weigh several thousand pounds.

Try browsing some of the woodworking magazines for reviews and some ideas. Most of them have a year-end issue highlighting tools.

Personally, Sears would be my last choice.

Sharon asks…

Starting woodworking as a hobby?

Hi,

I recently made a simple gated fence for my backyard vegetable garden. It gave me a small feel of woodworking, and it was something I immediately took to.

I wanted to start off some woodworking from scratch. Simple things like tables, chairs and cabinets to start with.

How would I go about doing this? What would be the bare essential tools that I would need for a garage woodworking hobby shop? Where does one buy ‘better’ wood – cherry, maple, rose etc.

Is home depot a good go-to place for this, or are there better places.

thanks

Denny answers:

Dear Brian Wong

Its very good idea for hobby of woodworking, I think you should try to Pen turning also, its very easy and good for hobby, just search in web video pen turning, you just want a very small lathe for pen turning, you can earn much more money for pen turning,

Please visit my website for Wooden Blanks for pen
http://www.mahadevwood.com

Lisa asks…

Woodworking help…?

I really want to get into woodworking/carving, especially carving cool pieces of wood with a dremmel tool. Space is limited in the garage and stuff. any tips on getting started?

Denny answers:

All you need is a good table, a vice, a decent set of wood chisles…and if you want to cheat, a dremmel. Also its nice to have a hammer.

Tip 1:Wood carving is something that isn’t extremely hard to start playing around with. But before you start cutting away, get a sketch book. What ever idea you have, just jot it down. You may see something you didn’t see before, or you may developer better ideas. And don’t stick to the one drawing, take the general idea and rework it into another sketch. No artist gets it right the first time, i’ve seen some pretty bad sketches by Di Vinci, Raphael, Michelangilo, and many others. What made them good was thier ability to learn from thier mistakes. And to more mistakes you make the more you can learn. So don’t worry if you sketches don’t look like a piece of art, they are just meant to be an intermediary between you mind and your eye.

Tip 2:when you are working with the wood, place it in a vice, but this is the tricky part, you must do it in a way that doesn’t create marks in the wood. There are rubber accessories you can by to put on the teeth of a vice to help with this problem, but it is still possible to make dents if you tighten it down too hard.

Tip 3: don’t rush! Make a cut then step back and take a look, see if you did it right, as you get better you do this less and less but you still do it. The only thing that separates the greats from the not so greats are the size, not the amount, of the mistakes.

James asks…

How can i become a furniture maker?

How is it that i go about becoming a furniture maker or a cabinet maker? is it necessary to have a college qualification or can i start out by buying tools and a workshop and setting up my own business with no qualifications and a bit of experience from doing some woodworking as a pretty serious hobby in my spare time. I feel as if i could make most pieces of furniture right now that i would need to but is college going to do any good for me?

Denny answers:

I apprenticed starting in my early teens until I graduated. I then went on, after graduating high school, to work in the trades. I also spent some time working in a medium sized shop where I learned a lot about how to do production type work in a shop. This has served me very well as the shop I apprenticed in in my teens was a custom shop in which 50% of the work we did was antique restoration and repair with very little emphasis on production work.

I did not take college classes for furniture/ cabinet making but I did take business classes which you will also find to be very valuable. My shop started as a by product of my contracting business and has grown to become where I spend the majority of my time now. I have invested a lot of money into the shop and my reputation was developed from products I designed and fabricated for clients and other contractors. We produce a wide variety of projects from highly customized items to production type items. The difference between doing it as a hobby and making a living doing it are substantial. You will need to understand design, systems, production, fixed overhead, project overhead, taxes, profit, business related law, licensing, as well as the mechanics of how to build pieces.

My recommendation is to spend at least two years apprenticing in a shop while getting at least an associates degree in business administration. When you do start your apprenticeship soak up everything you can and forget what you think you know. I know many hobby woodworkers who can build some beautiful pieces. I don’t know many who could jump from doing it as a hobby to supporting themselves while doing it. Learn the systems a successful shop has put in effect and when you are ready you can modify them to suit your needs. Make sure you understand the basics of running a business as well. Failure to understand and comprehend the numbers is what leads to the majority of business failures.

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Donna asks…

What are some easy ancient/historical instruments to make?

I have no experience with building things, woodworking, etc, but would like to make some sort of old-style instrument such as a lute, bamboo flute, or a sort of drum. What is something that would be easy enough for someone to make with no experience and no advanced woodmaking tools?

Denny answers:

Hopefully you can find something in one of these links

http://www.harpanddragon.com/bodhrans.htm

http://www.harpanddragon.com/Spoonsbones.htm

With this they used to work the bark off twigs and make them into the whistles

http://www.harpanddragon.com/pennywhistles.htm

http://www.harpanddragon.com/harps.htm

Chris asks…

What can I build and sell doing woodwork?

I have a circular saw, reciprocating saw, jigsaw, power drill, and soon a router, what can I make that will sale well and where can I sell it? I live in a small town with two somewhat bigger cities nearby. I am new to woodworking but I make quality stuff. I plan on making chests, bookcases, and maybe even computer desks. Give me ideas of things to make with these tools.

Denny answers:

File cabinets, computer keyboard shelf, bed headboard, simple diningroom tables with extenders, bedroom chest of drawers (with four drawers), bunk beds, patio chairs, picnic tables, swings, etc. Realize though that China is making them cheaper than here so you’d have to be approaching a certain marketing area to be able to make sales. Maybe for some things you make you could use used wood. Be sure to decide what you want to make, get your patterns together (dimensions), and then don’t make many of the items unless you have orders for them. And, do your five-year business plan before you start (sba.gov). There is a place called Wood-You that sells all kinds of wood item (unpainted and unstained) and you can get some ideas there as well as wood projects online. You could work like at Sears of Home Depot (maybe making) and installing kitchen cabinets, doors, garage doors, etc.

John asks…

What are some easy ancient/historical instruments to make?

I have no experience with building things, woodworking, etc, but would like to make some sort of old-style instrument such as a lute, bamboo flute, or a sort of drum. What is something that would be easy enough for someone to make with no experience and no advanced woodmaking tools?

Denny answers:

The bamboo flute produces the most beautifully mellow sound and is easy to make.

Betty asks…

What are some easy ancient/historical instruments to make?

I have no experience with building things, woodworking, etc, but would like to make some sort of old-style instrument such as a lute, bamboo flute, or a sort of drum. What is something that would be easy enough for someone to make with no experience and no advanced woodmaking tools?

Denny answers:

Yah of course there are tons of things u can make……drums are super easy….here are some links for tutorials on making your own instruments with very few supplies and zero advanced woodmaking skills or tools

http://www.ehow.com/how_4559272_make-own-drum.html

http://www.mudcat.org/kids/drums.cfm

http://familycrafts.about.com/od/musicalcrafts/Musical_Craft_Projects.htm

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George asks…

Woodworking at Summer Camp- What tools will be used?

I am looking into what tools and equipment most summer camps have in their workshop. Are they quite basic tools? If anyone can let me know what there is it would be much appreciated.

Denny answers:

Use the fletching tools [e.g. Carving tool]

Good luck!

Charles asks…

Woodworking at Summer Camp- What tools will be used?

I am looking into what tools and equipment most summer camps have in their workshop. Are they quite basic tools? If anyone can let me know what there is it would be much appreciated.

Denny answers:

Contact the summer camp for information./

Ken asks…

Woodworking Information?

I’m just trying to find all the information I can for now. I can’t find much with google or yahoo. I’d love to see some videos. For example, I’d like to know techniques, tips, how to’s, what tools are need, ect ect. I don’t know the first thing about woodworking except how to nail and screw it together. I’m wanting to build a large computer desk for starters.

Denny answers:

Your best resource may seem a bit inconvenient, but other than having a handy man teach you one-on-one, you should head to a used book store.

Look for either a handyman book, or a general woodworking book. Inside will be basic tool instruction, (tools really haven’t changed since the ’80s, just are safer and better, same general set up though.) and starter crafts.

Build a smaller project first before you start on a computer desk so you get familiar with how things ACTUALLY work. It will come out a lot better, plus you can draw from the woodworking book projects for joint ideas and better plans for your desk.

Sharon asks…

Good Woodworking Projects?

I’m looking for a woodworking project to do.

I want to give my girlfriend something, like for Christmas. Something saying “Home is where the heart is.” or something similar, would be preferable.

It needs to be something I could make without requiring power tools, except maybe a drill. If you can help me, that would be great.

Denny answers:

Well a router would be preferable but if you really have to go without it then the only other solution in my opinion would to either use a hammer and chisel ( being less accurate than I think you’d want for a project like this ). I would suggest getting a carving kit to get the quality that would please most easily.

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George asks…

Anyone know how to make a Pea Shooter?

Im really bored and I want something to do. I have basic woodworking skills and tools adn i wanted to know if anyone knew how to make one.

Denny answers:

Duct tape a straw to the front of an air canister and shoot away. If you use a twisty straw you can get weirder angles when you shoot.

Jenny asks…

ok. so its almost christmas time and i need to get gifts for my mom, dad, sister sisters friend. ?

i also want little gifts for my friends but it’s not as important as my family’s gifts. my sister and her friend are 13 and there kinda girly and my dad likes woodworking and tools, and th montreal canadians. my mom likes disneyland. and magazines.
i picked those things because thats what i want to get them but anything would help please. i need the gifts before december 25th so please hurry
merry (almost) christmas

Denny answers:

Your sisters girly huh?? Let me think a gift card to claire’s you know that store at the malls that sell makeup and cute earrings and girly stuff like that they have gift cards from 15 to 25 dollars or you could just buy her something from there? Does ur dad have a favorite baseball or football team? Cause you could just buy him something with there logo on it
. Your mom?? Buy your mom a pair of miney mouse earrings or something like that at the Disney store or online I’m sure you don’t have any problems shopping for your friends…right? Lol

John asks…

Woodworking shop tips or ideas?

Hi everyone!
I’ll be getting a woodworking shop built soon, (sooo excited!!) and I want to know your favorite idea or tip for setting up a wood shop. Storage, benches, power tools, safety… you name it!!
Thanks:)

Denny answers:

If you are looking for numerous good woodworking ideas, plans and patterns for your next projects, check this site

http://www.bestwoodworkingideas.org/

Mandy asks…

Is it impractical to build a large table out of real ebony wood?

I love the look of gabon ebony, but I don’t know much about it or woodworking. I guess I’m asking if money or tools aren’t an issue, is it still impractical? Are there other factors I don’t know about, ie weight or hardiness?

Denny answers:

It is very impractical. The size of ebony lumber is very small requiring a great deal of glue ups. It is very expensive and currently controlled because of environmental considerations. Finally, it is very, very hard and difficult to work. It eats up tools like you are cutting concrete.

Http://www.woodworkerssource.com/ebony_gaboon.html

You can get a 4 by 8 foot sheet of veneer for about $550. See the link below

http://search.woodworkerssource.com/search?keywords=gaboon+ebony

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Daniel asks…

i’m trying take up the hobby of woodworking, can someone answer some questions?

I’m trying to build things like jewelry boxes or similar items. what type of saw or other tools would you suggest that i buy. I’m going to buy a chisel. i have a ciircular saw, hammer, and drill. that is basically it. I was looking into jigsaws and they seem like they would be very useful for small intricate cuts but i’m not sure because i’m new at this. i’m on a very low budget so i’m trying to find something cheap but that will be good enough for my needs. any suggestions? thanks

Denny answers:

A moderately priced jig saw is a good investment… Make sure it is a variable speed model.
Avoid Black and Decker. In my experience, all of their tools are junk. Craftsman makes much better tools and has excellent customer support. A hand sander is a must. Also, some type of Dremel type tool for detail work is a must. With the better models you can do all types of tasks (cutting, sanding, routing).

John asks…

What kind of tool is a foot adz?

All I know is it’s some woodworking tool, and web searches haven’t ben productive.

Denny answers:

Http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adz

here you go

David asks…

How to turn a 1″ thick strip of wood into 1/2″ thick?

its pine, 3″ wide and 17″ long. how to thin the last 2″ on both ends down to 1/2″ thick? (i have limited tools and woodworking skills). thanks.

Denny answers:

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Ken asks…

Anyone into woodworking?

Could you tell me what brand of power tools you have, and what they are (lathe, bandsaw, planer, etc.) Also, could you tell me what you like and don’t like about them. I am wanting to get into woodworking, and you like some input on what brand of tools to purchace. Thank you for your help

Denny answers:

Hi:

Check out some popular woodworking magazine like the following here are there website They talk about the vaourise :

http://www.taunton.com – fine woodworking magazine

http://www.popularwoodworking.com/ – popular woodworking

http://woodmagazine.com/ – type woodworking machines in the search engines

http://www.woodsmith.com/

http://www.workbenchmagazine.com/

http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/

http://www.foxchapelpublishing.com/

http://www.woodshopnews.com/ME2/Default.asp

http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/magazines

http://www.modernwoodworking.com/

http://www.rd.com/familyhandyman/openLandingPage.do

http://www.sears.com woodworking

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Joseph asks…

WoodWorking Project Ideas for a Highschooler?

Hello, I just got out of Middle School where I took 1 trimester (1/3 of a school year) of WoodShop, where I learned basicially the basics and the tools for woodworking and made a simple box. Now that I have started HighSchool, I have an ENTIRE woodshop, amazing tools and saws, any powertool that comes to mind, a brilliant and knowligable and handy teacher, all at my disposel.

One thing is missing…

I need an idea…

Any ideas for a starter WoodWorker? I am willing to do a bunch of shorter projects or 1 really elaborate one. I got the next 4 years xD

Denny answers:

I made a candle stand (on a lathe) and a large cabinet in woodshop*, after I had finished the basic projects that everyone had to complete. I found both patterns in my teacher’s notebooks. My teacher had a lot of notebooks filled with various projects, which he had sorted by difficulty. So you might ask your teacher. He’ll probably have a lot of ideas for students.

Or go down to your library, and see if they have Woodworking magazine. If they have back issues, then you can browse a lot of patterns, and copy those that appeal to you. There are several magazines that have plans and projects for woodworkers, you just have to check to see how difficult the project is. You want something that will challenge you, and one that will allow you to learn new skills, but you don’t want something that’s so difficult that it will frustrate you.

I loved woodworking.

*I was one of the first girls to take woodshop in my high school, incidentally. And I was the first girl to get an A in that class, too!

Sandy asks…

Does any know of a reputable source In the Milwaukee area that can appraise old woodworking machines.?

I have an old Walker Turner 6″ Jointer that I need to part with. I have been in the cabinet making biz for 27 years but I cannot find any info on this particular tool. It is belt driven and is powered by a Craftsman 3/4 horse electric motor.

Denny answers:

I don’t know of an appraiser, but I did a bit of looking online and it looks like other similar ones sell for about $200-$300

Charles asks…

What’s a good first woodworking project for a complete beginner?

I did not have exposure to tools growing up (family was not into handy stuff at all), and went to an all girl’s school where they did not give shop. I just signed up for a woodwoking class for fun at night and am feeling like I’ll be the only one there who has no experience. So I want to learn a bit about woodworking and the tools involved before going, so I don’t feel like a complete idiot there.

Do you recommend any beginner books/projects that could help me familiarize myself with woodworking?

What are some good first project ideas?

Denny answers:

Skateboard Rack, Jewelry Box, Nesting Trays, Baseball Cap Rack, CD Holder, CD Rack. All these are pretty easy. Somewhat simple. Have fun. A few of the sites do have info on the type of tools that woodworkers use on certain projects. You can also do a search on videos that involve woodworkings, there has to be a few out. Enjoy.

Nancy asks…

any one there from Harrods Creek Kentucky?

I would be pleased if you could speak to the people at Stot Corp. Richard Stottmann, in particular and ask him to send my monie back for the woodworking tool he didnt deliver.
You can Email me.

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Sandra asks…

Why can’t I sharpen a K-Bar knife?

I’ve been around woodworking tools a long time and am a very good sharpener. But I can’t seem to manage to get a K-Bar sharp. Why is that? What’s wrong with me? What am I missing here?
I know how to sharpen knives and tools. I am very good at it; lots of experience with different kinds of steel. But the K-Bar is different. I realize it is not surgical steel, not designed to keep a razor edge. But It resists my efforts.

Denny answers:

I don,t know how sharp you want it but a k bar is a survival-work knife. They,re not designed to be a razer. Use a small file to get a rough edge and finish it up with a wet stone.

Richard asks…

was the woodworking jigsaw tool ever patented?

Denny answers:

Yes, several with different variants on prior work. Here are a few:

Patent D523311 was issued to Black and Decker in 2006.

Patent D282625 was issued to Skil in 1986.

Patent D404274 was issued to Ryobi in 1999.

You can search on these and others at http://www.google.com/patents

Jenny asks…

Woodworking Plans For Making Home Windows?

I have an old home that needs new windows. I’d like to reuse the current old, poured glass into the newer windows. Are there any plans on the internet that shows step by step on how to build your own windows? We can’t afford to buy new windows and building windows would be good experience for me. I know what tools I will need. I just need some plans to look at. Thanks for your help!

Denny answers:

If you have the existing windows, you can just copy the various pieces to make a new window.

The biggest challenges with making windows is finding really good straight grained wood with no warp, twist, cupping or knots. Next is assembling the various pieces so the window is flat and square.

If you take on this job, be sure and use a water proof glue.

Linda asks…

What to get my dad for a birthday present?

My dad’s 50th birthday is in a couple weeks and I’m totally stumped about what to buy him for a present.
Some interests are.. hockey, bands he likes are Fleetwood Mac, Elton John, Billy Joel, Blue Rodeo, he likes wine and beer, woodworking, quirky tools, etc.

Denny answers:

Buy him a record…or a record player if he doesn’t have one. Or take him out to eat at his favorite place.

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Carol asks…

where can i get woodworking tools?

and wire.

Dusty answers:

Woodworking in the most basic sense is the most basic kind of tool: saws, chisels, plane, hammer. You can build a house with those alone.

Well, you might want a few other things. But if time is on your side, that’s enough to do the vast majority of everything.

Anyplace that sells hardware: Ace, Home Depot, Lowe’s, etc. What are you wanting to do?

Daniel asks…

What do you think of turning woodworking into a business?

I really like to build things out of wood (and other materials as well) and i figured it would be a good idea if i turn it into a business and tried to make money off it. I have basic hand tools and if i need more i’ll get more. I was thinking of making things from furniture (stools, chairs, etc.) to kitchen cutting boards, etc. Anyways what do you think?

Dusty answers:

The only way I can see of making money off of that is if you make VERY high end furniture, and especially if you can put a real artistic value into it. Because you can’t compete on price with any factories. I think probably the best opportunity for someone like yourself in woodworking is to get into cabinetry, because that is something that has to be custom made and high quality, and it isn’t something you can buy at Walmart from Chinese slave labor factories.

I made cutting boards all day long in woodshop class, but I have to tell you, as someone who cooks from scratch alot, wood cutting boards suck. The cheap plastic ones are the way to go.

William asks…

Please help!woodworking project 10 points?

i need to turn in my prouder plans for a small tools woodworking project. we are making things like a birdhouse a box. bookendss napkin holders and things like that. please tine me a link to the website

Dusty answers:

Tedswoodworking.carlosrguez.com you can see a review in this website: woodworkingplans.carlosrguez.com

Nancy asks…

working with aluminum angle?

I have a piece of aluminum angle, 1/8 thick x 1 ½ x 1 ½ (about 24 in long). I need the angle to be exactly 90 degrees; it’s probably 92 or 93 degrees now. Is there any way to barely sand or alter one side at exactly 90 degrees, leaving me with an exact 90 degree piece? I have a small shop with basic woodworking tools.

Dusty answers:

You might want to take it to a sheet metal shop & have them use their “brake” to tighten up the angle a little. This would be about a 1 minute job for them & they’ll probably charge you about $5.00 (to go into their coffee fund) if anything.

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Paul asks…

What’s the best method to replace dry rot wood?

The front fascia board on my home, where the rain gutters attach, has some soft, dry rot areas that I need to replace prior to installing new gutters. Can I just cut out the bad areas and splice in some new lengths of wood or is there a better method?

I have construction and woodworking skills/tools, so ability isn’t an issue. I just want to make sure I do it properly.

Dusty answers:

When Wood Rot gets a gets into your boat timbers not only does the rotten wood need to be cut out but the surrounding timber needs treating to kill off the spores.

Types of Rot.
There are two main types of rot that infect wooden boats.

Both are caused by fungi growing within the wood tissue.

Wet rot is grows when unprotected timber is in constant contact with moisture.

If the worst has come to the worst and you have found some wood rot there is only one cure, cut it out and replace it with new wood.

Don’t be tempted by the products that promise to restore rotten wood, they cannot rebuild the damaged structure and therefore the strength, of the timber.

But before you replace it you need to kill off any wood rot fungus and spores in the surrounding, apparently sound, timber.

The infection can exist well beyond the obviously rotten area.

To treat this you will need a fungicide, a toxic substance to kill any fungi that may still be in the wood.

There are ready made products available. Just check that they kill the fungi and are not just preventative.

One inexpensive remedy is ethylene glycol which is found in the antifreeze used in cars.

This is toxic to most wood rot organisms and will penetrate quite deeply.

Or you could use a borate solution, Sodium Octaborate (Sodium Octaborate Tetrahydrate) can be bought either as a solution or as a solid which is mixed with water.

Any white residue left by a borate solution can be washed off with water.

Wood treated with glycol or borate can be finished or glued once it has dried completely.
Dry rot occurs when the unprotected timber has repeatedly been wetted and then dried out.

However the wood won’t rot just because it is wet but because the rot fungi have the ideal conditions in which to grow.

They need moisture, oxygen, stable temperature and food in the form of the wood fibers.

Given the right conditions they can grown and multiply rapidly.

However, even if the conditions change enough for the fungi to die out their reproductive spores remain and become active if the right conditions return.

Just like the dreaded teredo the fungi will take the easiest route along the grain of the wood. It can also spread, via contact and sometimes, the spores can travel through the air.

Boats are particularly vulnerable to both types of rot because of the damp environment, though salty water does go some way to slowing it down.

Sandy asks…

Is there islands that you can live primitively on?

You’ve seen the movies like the blue lagoon and such, but as modern times move in, are there any tropical / sub-tropical islands where you can still do this. Obviously there will be other people on the island because that’s how it is, but are there places like this? Use woodworking hand tools and live on like it is still the 1600′s? Even a place on the mainlands that is on a coast. Also deep in a forrest or something?

Dusty answers:

Look at some of the more remote parts of French Tahiti for example. There are also remote islands off the coast of Nicaragua for another.

Susan asks…

Is there islands that you can live primitively on?

You’ve seen the movies like the blue lagoon and such, but as modern times move in, are there any tropical / sub-tropical islands where you can still do this. Obviously there will be other people on the island because that’s how it is, but are there places like this? Use woodworking hand tools and live on like it is still the 1600′s? Even a place on the mainlands that is on a coast. Also deep in a forrest or something?

Dusty answers:

There are certainly such people in Panama. Http://www.tampabay.com/features/travel/article1120508.ece

http://www.gonomad.com/tours/0908/panama-tribes.html

http://www.focuspublicationsint.com/focuspanama/en/indigenous.htm

http://www.birdingpanama.com/ecotourism.html

Mary asks…

what tools would i need to start a hobby in basic woodworking?

Hi, I was hoping someone could make a list of tools & supplies that i’d need to start woodworking. I’m going to try to build bookshelves, toy boxes, etc.. also we’re on a tight budget so just a list of the basic stuff would be appreciated, Thanks!

Dusty answers:

Woodworking as both a vocation and a hobby predates power tools, so you don’t need to invest much at all to get started. Shop for bargains and the hand tools can all be yours for under $100. For small projects, you can do an awful lot with the most basic tools. Here’s a list:

– Hammer. Rip (straight) or curved claw, it’s up to you. The 16-oz size is the most basic size.

– Crosscut saw. Most saws you see at Home Depot are crosscut saw; most manufacturers assume that if you have to do any rip cuts (cutting with the grain), you’re going to use a power saw to do it. For short rips you can get the job done with any old saw, no problem. If you have the money, spend a little extra to get the excellent Japanese-style pull saws. They cut on the pull stroke instead of on the push stroke like European and American saws. The blades are thinner and it’s generally easier to use and control so you stay on your cut line better, and the quality of the cut is much finer.

– Coping (or fret or scroll) saw. For cutting curves and internal cuts. Frustrating to use, do as much as you can with straight cutting implements, and use the coping saw to make the curvy bits. If you have designs (on toys, for instance) that use constant-radius curves, do as much as you can by finding the exact center of the curve, and use a drill bit or even a hole saw to do the curves. Life’s easier that way.

– Plane. If you aren’t doing a lot of fine work, you can skip this. But I build furniture from time to time and the plane is pretty important. It lets you take a board’s width down in very fine increments, much finer than you can do with power tools.

– Chisels. Chisels are useful for lots of stuff, as you get further into the hobby you’ll see more and more places where the chisel is so handy. Get one designed to be bonked with a hammer, but don’t ever bonk it with anything but a wooden mallet. Spend a little time to make your chisel bonking mallet. Take good care of chisels, keep them sharp.

– Drill. Don’t skimp on this, get a good one. Cordless are extremely nice to have around but be sure you have an extra battery and the moment that battery gets soft, switch to the fresh one from the charger. The new 12v lithium battery models are startlingly good, you can snap the head off screws with them just like the big boys, but they tuck into tight spaces for close work, and fit into your pocket when you’re moving around a lot.

– Bits for the drill. The 1/4″ hex bits are very convenient in that they don’t slip when they’re chucked in. Get the quick-release chuck and switching bits is a tug-and-pop maneuver, great when you’re drilling pilot holes and driving screws.

– Square. Furnishings need to be made square. Houses are never square and level after a winter or two, but that’s life. You can make your bookshelves absolutely square-and-plumb, no problem. In my shop at home I have a large 24″ aluminum (can’t rust in my unheated shop) square and a very nice adjustable square.

– Clamps. There’s no such thing as too many clamps. I have about 30 in various sizes. You can get started with just 2-4 of the 2″ hand clamps, and 4 of the 24″ bar clamps. When you need longer, make an extension from scrap lumber, a piece that hooks on the far end or the workpiece and reaches up to hook on your clamp.

– Screwdrivers. Phillips #1 and #2; slotted 3/16″ and 1/4″ ought to cover 95% of everything you do. When driving screws with the drill, it’s easy to overdo it and bury the head; often you don’t want that, just bring it down snug and flush with the surface, and stop. Doing the last turn by hand is the ultimate control.

– Measuring tape. That’s pretty obvious.

– Level. I don’t use this much in the shop while I’m building as a level, but as a reliable straightedge it’s very convenient.

– Sandpaper. Some people would file this under “shop supplies,” but it’s a necessary tool in my opinion. If you do a lot of small projects you can almost skip the plane if you have a wide array of sandpaper and a good sanding block to protect your hands.

– Paint brush. A good finish needs good tools. A really good paint brush isn’t going to make a great finish, but it’s so much nicer to use. Take good care of yours. I have paint brushes that cost as much as $20 each, but I’ve had them for years. You can get a cheap “chip brush” and use it for one job and it cost you $1.00 for the job, and it was a pain in the butt to get a smooth finish and hold that dinky handle…or the brush I have I’ve used on literally 100 different projects, it’s got a nice big handle that’s easy to use, and so far my brush cost per job is about $0.20.

For shop supplies, the essentials: mineral spirits (very handy for wiping down a project to remove dust before finishing, and brush cleaning), glue, pencils, screws and nails, other hardware.

Good luck with it.

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Your Questions About Woodworking Tools



Betty asks…

Where can I find a woodworking shop near Alexandria, VA?

I want to build some furniture, but my townhouse doesn’t have a garage and I don’t have some of the more advanced tools like bench- or miter- saws. Is there somewhere in the Alexandria, VA, area I can rent a “bay” to complete some furniture projects?

Dusty answers:

Send me a message. I have a buddy down that way who does that. I’ll email him and ask where he works out of.

-Brian

Richard asks…

What’s a good beginner drill? Woodworking book?

I’m getting my husband all of the tools he will need to begin woodworking and a book about it for Christmas. He’s a handy guy and he’s wanted start woodworking for a while and we finally moved into a home with ample room for it. I was wondering, what’s a good drill set under $100 that I can get him to kick start a hobby in woodworking? Also, can anyone recommend a good book that will help him get started?

Dusty answers:

== please visit the Sears Store tool department for your drill and a set of bits ….. I have been using Sears brand tools for years and most of them are still good … B-Noble is good for books … AND when you purchase the bits .. Buy the metal drilling bits — they stay sharper and last longer than the normal wood bits [[ makes them cost less ]] ===== Basic Woodworking for a book and many plans for home projects are found using the search boxes/online … Like “”" free plans to build a workbench”"” —- a good garage size wooden woekbench can be built for about $50.00 — suggest that your hubby research workbench plans and make a bench that will fit well in the garage ,,,,,,,,,,

David asks…

What’s the best method to replace dry rot wood?

The front fascia board on my home, where the rain gutters attach, has some soft, dry rot areas that I need to replace prior to installing new gutters. Can I just cut out the bad areas and splice in some new lengths of wood or is there a better method?

I have construction and woodworking skills/tools, so ability isn’t an issue. I just want to make sure I do it properly.

Dusty answers:

First, you must understand that there is no such thing as dry rot. Wood does not rot if it is dry – not no way, not no how, not ever. It rotted because it got wet, somehow, sometime.

Repairing the damage is pretty easy, I do a lot of that particular repair and I’ll offer a couple of things that might make your repair last longer.
1) I would recommend replacing the full length of any boards
2) Do not use finger jointed boards for the repair. I have replaced hundreds of those boards that were just a few years old. Buy solid wood boards – Select grade is best if you plan to paint, but you can get away with a lower grade if you seal the knots.
3) Sand the boards lightly just to roughen the surface a bit – get rid of the “mill gloss”. Prime ALL surfaces with a high quality, oil primer. My own preference is Fresh Start by Benjamin Moore. I do mean all surfaces – front, back, edges and ends.
4) Apply two coats of high quality paint – avoid paints from big box stores, especially Behr. I don’t care what their advertising says, Behr paint is one of the worst I have ever come across. Go to a locally owned paint store and ask some questions about what makes a quality paint.

While you’re up there, take a look at the drip edge on the roof. Does the bottom side of it slope downward – that is below a level line? If so, that’s probably the source of the water that caused the rot. Use pliers or a seaming tool to squeeze the drip edge so the lower surface slopes upward from the edge toward the ridgepole of the building.

Ruth asks…

I like woodworking but have no money?

So I can’t buy all the fancy tools, or even the wood that I want. Just thought I’d vent my frustrations. If you have any ideas on the subject let me know.
Thanks.

Dusty answers:

I will not tell that it does not cost money to do woodworking, but I can maybe tell you some guidelines to help get you started. I get a lot of my wood FREE: as I go looking for wood from places like Dumpsters in back of Lowe’s, Home Depot, remodeling work sites.(now I do not always get real good wood, but enough to make projects out of it.) As I made small projects, I sold a few (friends,neighbors) the money went to buy a cheap tool (from Flea Markets) and went from there. There are tons of free patterns on the net and I look at junk mail books and get ideas from them. It has been most enjoyable seeing that others like what I have made.

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